Apr 1, 2014

Hague court ruling looks to sideline whalers

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi indicated his desire Tuesday to find ways for Japan to continue whaling despite the International Court of Justice’s order to discontinue the activity. While expressing regret over the ICJ’s ruling Monday that the country must stop its ...

Mar 10, 2014

Big retailers doing their best to overcome consumers' fears

The retail industry has been aiding the recovery effort for primary industries in coastal Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, holding special events and campaigns to promote their products. However, food safety assurances from local farmers and fishermen haven’t always been strong enough to allay ...

Still hunting shadows three years after 3/11

Mar 8, 2014

Still hunting shadows three years after 3/11

by Jun Hongo

One of the great statistical mysteries that persist several years after a natural disaster is the figure that appears without fail each month in columns representing the number of people that are still missing. Almost three years after the Great East Japan Earthquake and ...

'Takoyaki' buff revives stall in tsunami-hit town

Mar 5, 2014

'Takoyaki' buff revives stall in tsunami-hit town

A local shop selling “takoyaki” octopus dumplings that was wiped out in the deadly tsunami of March 2011 has reopened in the port town of Yuriage in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture. A single, longtime fan, yearning to taste the original recipe of former store owner ...

Mar 2, 2014

Over 30% of 3/11 kids hit by PTSD

More than 30 percent of children caught up in the March 2011 mega-quake and tsunami in Tohoku are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, the health ministry says.

Thousands still cut off by snowfall

Feb 17, 2014

Thousands still cut off by snowfall

The record snowfall that hit eastern Japan over the weekend continued to leave thousands of people stranded in remote towns in the Kanto, Tohoku and other regions on Monday. In Hayakawa, Yamanashi Prefecture, the closure of a highway has cut off some 1,200 residents, ...

Miyagi patissier  uses local fruit to help hometown

Dec 29, 2013

Miyagi patissier uses local fruit to help hometown

A month after the March 2011 earthquake, Kazunori Ikeda, 36, decided to leave Paris to open a store in Sendai and sell sweets made with local strawberries to promote the rebuilding of his hometown. The owner of Kazunori Ikeda Individuel uses strawberries from the ...

Dec 27, 2013

16 Japanese reactors up for restart safety checks

Tohoku Electric Power Co. applied Friday for a safety assessment of its No. 2 reactor at the Onagawa power plant in Miyagi Prefecture, making it the 16th unit that will be checked before a possible restart. The Onagawa plant was the closed nuclear complex ...

Kennedy makes first visit to Tohoku

Nov 25, 2013

Kennedy makes first visit to Tohoku

New U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy visited Miyagi Prefecture on Monday for the first time since assuming her post and was briefed on the devastation wrought by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in the Tohoku region. During her visit, Kennedy met with Miyagi ...